Manufacturing is moving towards complexity, large integration, digitalization and high flexibility. A combination of these characteristics is a basic for forming a new kind of production system, known as Cyber Physical System (CPS). CPS is a board range of complex, multidisciplinary, physically-aware next generation engineered systems that integrates embedded computing technologies. Those integrated manufacturing systems usually consist of four levels: network, enterprise, production system and workplace. In this article we are concentrated to the workplace level, examining the implementation of the most suitable robot-cell and integration it into the production system and enterprise structure. The problem is actual for the big companies such as automobile industry, but very important is also for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that tend to produce for example; small tractors, air conditioners for high speed trains or even different type of doors for houses. In all cases the best solution to response the situation is the implementation of robot-based manufacturing cell into a production system, which is not only a challenge but also need a lot of specific knowledge. Designing and selecting optimal solutions for robot-based manufacturing systems is suitable to carry out by a computer-based decision support systems (DSS). DSS typically works by ranking, sorting or choosing among the alternatives. This article emphasis to the problem of integration the DSS with the artificial intelligence (AI) tools. For this objective, the study has been focused to development of a conceptual model for assessing robot-based system by means of technical and functional capabilities, which is combined with cell efficiency based on process Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and enterprise Critical Success Factors (CSFs). The elaborated model takes into consideration system design parameters, product specific indicators, process execution data, production performance parameters and estimates how the production cell objective can be achieved. Ten different types of companies were selected and their robot-based manufacturing systems were mapped by qualitative and quantitative factors based on the model, whereas executives were interviewed to determine companies’ strategic objectives. The study results comprise of an approach that helps SMEs to gain additional economic-technical information for decision making at different levels of a company.

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